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BREAKING: Anyanacho Qualifies For Tokyo 2020 Taekwondo Event

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Nigeria’s Elizabeth Anyanacho has qualified for the taekwondo event of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after she defeated former African Champion, Gabon’s Urgence Mouega 12 – 5 at the African Qualifiers holding in Rabat, Morocco.

Anyanacho will be going to Tokyo as the first Taekwondo female to qualify for the Olympics since Athens 2004 Olympics and second ever Nigeria Taekwondo female practitioner, after Princess Dudu, to qualify for the Olympics.

Benjamin Okuomose arrowly lost 16 – 19 to Olympic Silver Medalist & former World Champion, Gabon’s Anthony Obame.

For the technical director of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, Chika Chukwumerije the loss of Okuomose was unfortunate.

“My heart was broken. He was leading all the way until 12 secs to end of match. The lad did well.

“Sometimes, one cannot explain the anxiety and pressure an athlete feels. I feel sorry for his shattered Olympics dreams, but it is ok. He now has to fight for the bronze medal,” he lamented.

According to the rules, the winner of the bronze medal match will be on standby in case there is a doping violation by any of the finalists.

Chinazum Nwosu and Ifeoluwa Ajayi will compete today February 23.

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Late Kobe Bryant’s Towel Sold For ₦12 MILLION

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Late basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s towel has been sold for over N12million ($33,000) at an auction.

Bryant wore the towel over his shoulders during his farewell speech after his final National Basketball League.

With the towel draped around him to help mop up his sweat, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar closed his speech with his signature phrase, “Mamba Out.”

A fan got hold of the towel as Bryant walked off the court at the time. It was then sold several times before the latest online auction.

The winning bid on Sunday was $33,077. The buyer also received two used tickets to the April 13, 2016 Lakers game.

Bryant scored 60 points in the Lakers’ 101-96 win over the Utah Jazz that night.

Speaking about the sale, Jeff Woolf, president of Iconic Auctions, told American news broadcaster CNN that the winning bidder is famous for having a large Lakers memorabilia collection.

“He is a devoted Lakers fan,” Woolf said. “His long-term plan is to create a museum in southern California.”

Bryant died in January at age 41 in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles that killed eight others, including his daughter Gianna.

Bryant played his entire 20-year NBA career with the Lakers. The superstar guard led the club to five NBA titles during his stay.

He was an 18-time NBA All-Star and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and also helped the United States capture Olympic gold in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 in London.

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Daniel Amokachi Snubs Okocha, Kanu, Names Mikel Obi Greatest Nigerian Player

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Former Super Eagles player and current football coach, Daniel Amokachi, has snubbed the likes of Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Joseph Yobo to declare former Chelsea player John Mikel Obi as Nigeria’s greatest ever player.

Mikel, 32 has had a distinguished playing career, winning 9 major silverware including AFCON, two Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Carling Cup, the FA Cup, and Europa League while Kanu also had a distinguished career winning trophies and playing in big clubs like Inter Milan, Ajax and Arsenal, but Amokachi who earned 44 caps for Nigeria feels Mikel is Nigeria’s greatest ever player.

‘Mikel (Obi) is the greatest player,’ said Amokachi on Brila FM’s Show “The Bull’s Pit”.

‘He has won everything that a player can hope to; the Champions League, Europa, AFCON in 2013 and he also captained the national team.

‘As a footballer, your laurels count and that will surely count for Mikel because nobody has won that much in Nigerian football.’

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Odion Ighalo Wins First Man Utd Award

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Odion Ighalo has won his first award at the Old Trafford club after his sparkling effort goal against LASK in the Europa League.

Manchester United made this known in a statement on its official website on Saturday.

“Ighalo has won the club’s March Goal-of-the-Month award,” the statement read.

“The Nigerian’s driven shot to open the scoring against the Austrians, after some skilled ball juggling in the build-up, took home 32 percent of your votes in our Official App.

“Ighalo narrowly beat off fierce competition from Scott McTominay, whose memorable late goal against Manchester City received 26 percent. Bruno Fernandes’ first strike from open play for the Reds, at Everton, finished third in the poll with 16 percent.

“Of course, March was cut short due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the Reds’ games versus Tottenham Hotspur, LASK and Norwich City being postponed.”

Ighalo joined United in the January transfer window from Chinese side, Shanghai Shenhua.

Odion Ighalo was running to be named Manchester United’s Player of the Month for March but lost to Bruno Fernandes.

Ighalo was nominated alongside Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Fred.

Ighalo only arrived at Old Trafford in January, signing a six-month loan deal with the Red Devils.

In March, he scored three goals including a brace in their 3-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup. Ighalo also netted once and provided an assists against LASK in the Europa League last 16 first leg.

In total, the Nigerian striker has scored four times in three starts for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.

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